Battle: Los Angeles tops the box office while Red Riding Hood disappoints

Posted by: Brad Sturdivant

This was actually an exciting weekend when it comes to box office news.  BATTLE: LOS ANGELES was number one at the box office, which isn’t a surprise, but the film has a nice history since it was going to get a small release, but tested so well with audiences that Sony decided to make it a big release with a full marketing campaign.  The plan worked because its received overall positive reviews and audiences came out to see it to the tune of almost $40 million.  RED RIDING HOOD, on the other hand, didn’t fare so well and it couldn’t even crack the $20 million mark.  Most movie fans would have confirmed that director Catherine Hardwicke’s Twilight success wasn’t going to translate to anything else.  But the real disappointment of the weekend came with the horrible looking MARS NEEDS MOMS, which couldn’t crack $10 million.  Yes folks, a kids movie that bombed and bombed hard.  Supposedly, the film cost over $150 million to make.  I don’t know where that money went because it looked like it had some of the worst animation in years.

Next week sees the release of LIMITLESS, PAUL and THE LINCOLN LAWYER.  I actually think all of those films look good, so next week should be wide open at the box office.  Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.

Aaron Eckhart in Battle: Los Angeles

1. Battle: Los Angeles $39m

2. Rango $23m

3. Red Riding Hood $14.1m

4. The Adjustment Bureau $12m

5. Mars Needs Moms $6.8m

6. Hall Pass $5.1m

7. Beastly $5m

8. Just Go With It $4m

9. The King’s Speech $3.6m

10. Gnomeo and Juliet $3.5m

Source: Deadline

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